California Highway Patrol says it is using the phrase “ohio highways” to refer to the state’s two highways that connect Houston and San Diego.
The Highway Patrol said in a news release on Thursday that the “ohios” is a name it used to honor the missing hikers, surfers and carjacking victims whose bodies were found off of the highway in the San Diego area.
The highway patrol says it has identified the bodies of six of the nine hikers who were found in the mountains of the San Luis Obispo County, which borders San Diego, as those of Joshua Johnson and Amanda Marie Hall.
Johnson and Hall, along with their friends, were hiking on the Colorado Trail near Colorado City, Colorado, when they vanished in October 2017.
The two women were last seen leaving the trail and were believed to have crashed their vehicle near the Colorado River and disappeared into the wilderness.
The names “OHIO” and “HOSPITAL” are both common in Texas.
The news release also mentioned the name of a person who has not been located in San Diego County, as well as the name and the photo of a body found in a remote area near the San Joaquin River in the Angeles National Forest.
In the new name, the Highway Patrol plans to use a blue color to differentiate the two highways.
“While there have been no reports of human remains, the search continues and the public is encouraged to stay alert,” the news release said.
We will continue to update this story as we learn more.